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February 28, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Category: Other
Location: Student Center Hilberry D | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Inclusion Cypher (T.I.C.) is a program designed for at-risk youth and adults that uses the power of hip hop and spoken word to promote positive self-expression, conflict reduction, and restorative justice. This program, complements the important work of community building, establishing acceptance, inclusiveness, and tolerance by drawing on hip hop’s strong appeal among today’s youth. It is meant to inspire people to be self- reflective, proactive and to raise awareness of issues of equality and fairness in society. Just as important, this program will be fun and exciting. Participants will draw on their own creativity from the first day and develop a friendly and supportive network within the group. Speaker Bio: Deidre D.S.SENSE Smith is the creator and facilitator of The Inclusion Cypher (T.I.C.) program. A dedicated employee of the Ruth Ellis Center, Smith is an emcee (rapper), a spoken word artist, an educator and activist. Smith was the 2017 special invited speaker and performer at Wayne State University’s Integrative Bioscience Center’s World Aids Day event. She was also a 2017 featured performer at the Smithsonian Museum of American History for Acceleration’s Innovation and Creativity Festival. She has been honored as’s Best Female Performance Artist and has had Performance Features of “On My Detroit Everything” on Crain Communications Centennial Mini-Doc in conjunction with Cass Tech High School’s Newspaper/ Photography Dept. D.S.SENSE is the 2016 SASHA CENTER Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence Recipient of The Tzveta Tocheva Hope of Healing Award and has co- facilitated Trade School Detroit Supporting LGBT Youth: The Do’s and Don’ts 101 with Josephine Boakye and Emani Love. Deidre D.S.SENSE Smith was featured in the U.K. documentary “Detroit Ghost City,” and profiled in publications including the Detroit Free Press, Eight-O-Eight, Michigan Citizen, Metro Times, Huck, and Mirus Magazine. In 2016 she served as a hip hop cultural envoy for the U.S. Department of State with the Next Level cultural diplomacy program in Cartagena, Colombia. Smith can attest first- hand to the positive power of hip hop and the arts; she has been jobless, displaced, and homeless. If it were not for her art she would never have become the successful professional she is today.

For more information about this event, please contact LGBT Student Advisory Board at 3135771010 or